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Snapshot: Craddock and Ireland tuning up for Kazakh clash

Ireland’s tighthead prop is a ‘piano mover’ and a guitar player.

EVERY SQUAD IN camp needs a good guitarist to keep voices and spirits high.

And it would appear from today’s photos coming out of Marcoussis that Ireland’s Women have left that role in the capable hands of tighthead Kerrie-Ann Craddock.

What is it about front rows and acoustic guitars?

Away from the singalongs, there is work to be done. A win against Kazakhstan tomorrow would cement Ireland’s place in the World Cup semi-finals and the a big win could well bump them up the seedings for the knockout stage too.

With 10 changes made from the side that put New Zealand to the sword centre Lynne Cantwell led the team for today’s Captain’s Run – here’s how it looked.

Heather O’Brien isn’t kitting out for this one

Heather O'Brien, Sophie Spence, Ailis Egan, Nora Stapleton, Claire Molloy and Larissa Muldoon Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Shoulder to shoulder

The Irish team huddle Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Assistant coach Greg McWilliams demonstrates his motorbike technique to Tania Rosser

Greg McWilliams with Tania Rosser Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Jackie Shiels presents the ball

Jackie Shiels Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Philip Doyle and McWilliams watch on

Philip Doyle with Greg McWilliams Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Fiona Hayes packs down

Fiona Hayes Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Siobhan Fleming finds a gap

Siobhan Fleming Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Lynne Cantwell marshalling her defence

Lynne Cantwell Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Inside the huddle

Philip Doyle talks to his players Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Larissa Muldoon back in the number nine shirt

Larissa Muldoon Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

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